Texas Unemployment Rate Lowest In Four Decades

Alaska's unemployment rate for November stood at 7.2 percent, unchanged since August.

Unemployment rates dropped in 20 states across the country and marked record lows in Alabama, California, Hawaii, Mississippi and Texas in November.

Employment estimates released by TWC are produced in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Both the number of employed residents and those filing for unemployment were virtually unchanged in November, with accommodations and food services seeing the largest gains over the last 30 days.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced Friday that the state's preliminary, seasonally adjusted November rate set a record at 3.5 percent, which is down from October's 3.6 percent.

To read this article in one of Houston's most-spoken languages, click on the button below. The rate was down six-tenths of a percentage point from the November 2016 rate of 3.3 percent.

The nationwide jobless rate held steady at 4.1%. Two industry sectors reported job declines over the month, down a total of 8,200 jobs. Texas had the most growth with 330,600 jobs.

Total nonfarm employment in Tennessee grew by 1,800 jobs in November. California was second with 288,300. "I mean, I can't tell you exactly what the full employment rate is, but if we're not there, we're very close". The state's leisure and hospitality industry saw the biggest gains between October and November. It was below 2.7 percent in Nebraska, New Hampshire and North Dakota. Around west Texas, the Abilene MSA registered 3.2 percent, Midland/Odessa 2.6 percent, and Lubbock was at 2.7 percent unemployment, according to the Texas Workforce Commission in Austin.

  • Joey Payne